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Katayama on track at Japan Open

KOGA, Fukuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Shingo Katayama stayed on course to achieve a milestone victory in his career Saturday after taking a four-shot lead going into the final round of the Japan Open.

Katayama shot his second-straight 1-over-par 72 on the Koga Golf Club’s demanding course, which put him at 1-under 212 after three rounds and boosted his chances of reaching 25 career wins for a lifetime exemption on the JGTO tour.

Kunihiro Kamii, who shot a 73, moved up to second on 216. Australia’s Brendan Jones and 17-year-old pro Ryo Ishikawa both had 76s and placed third and fourth on 217 and 218, respectively.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s round but you know a four-shot margin means nothing on a course like this,” Katayama said.